January 4th, 2013

Iowans Rail at Wellmark Premium Proposal

By Logan Lafferty

Scores of Iowans have written to the state health insurance commissioner, pleading that she decline to let Iowa’s dominant health insurer raise their premiums again…Jackson also noted that many Iowans continue to go to the Mayo Clinic for relatively routine care. Mayo treatment routinely costs Wellmark twice as much as the same treatment in Iowa, because the insurer has little bargaining leverage with the renowned Minnesota medical center. The insurer has been working for several years to persuade members to use Iowa facilities for routine care and reserve Mayo for special situations. 

Des Moines Register by Tony Leys

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